It’s October! It’s Friday! It’s time for a treat and a Halloween Story! Tonight we will be reading, Goodnight Goon by Michael Rex. This story is toted as a "petrifying parody" of Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. We shall see.
Our treat tonight is almond pound cake made by the Amazing Amelia!
Okay, it’s that time
again. Time to get your planner, and review last week’s list. (You
can see Week 2 here).
your calendar should be filled with fun things to do. Especially this
time of year. In fact, you may have already done some of the activities
that you booked in your planner. So far, we have gone to a Heritage DayFestival, and to the movies to see Goosebumps 2 Haunted Halloween. This upcoming weekend will be our busiest as
we visit Schramm Farm & Orchards to buy pumpkins, race through the corn maze and go for a
hayride, in the evening we will go to Edgewood Borough’s Fall Festival, and the
next morning we will attend Zoo Boo, at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. After that we have our own Halloween Party, and trick or treating. Whew!
1.Your party invites should be mailed by
2.With the menu finalized, finish shopping for your
nonperishables. Also, begin making and baking any food items that can be
frozen ahead of time, such as chili, casseroles, sugar cookies, etc.
3.Finish buying or making any decorations and begin adorning your
home. Last year I crocheted a spider web using this Red Heart
pattern.We will be using it again.
4. Is your costume bought (or made)? To prevent last minute
anxiety of what to dress up as, decide this week and buy/make your costume. Elliot’s first choice of costume was Sonic the
Hedgehog, but then he spied “Creeper” p.j.s at Walmart (doubles as a costume),
and that’s who he is going to be.
Amelia and I are going to be the three Sanderson sisters from Hocus Pocus.
K has yet to fail us in the costume making
arena.She has handsewn a red tutu for
her Snow White costume, and painstakingly hand-sewed pom poms on a tee shirt
and dressed as a gumball machine. She
will be making our costumes this year.I’ve
seen mine and she has done a great job converting a prom/bridesmaid dress into
the Winnie’s skirt.
4.Are you making or buying favors (or a little of both)? Put
together your little goodie bags and hide from the kiddies. (But don’t
forget where you’ve hid them…).
Forget the Table
5.With your theme in mind, purchase the paper plates, cups, napkins,
tablecloth, plastic ware. The Dollar Store is a great place to
start. But don’t wait too long as they tend to sell out fast of the
begin cleaning (and decorating) the dining room and living/family rooms.
Give the foyer/entry areas a once-over.
night, as I cleaned off areas, Kayla decorated.This is our dining room slowly being transformed.
have two little ones with their own electronic devices, loaded with ABC Mouse, YouTube Kids and a few preschool games, and even though we use
parental controls, we still have had to report videos, one in particular, we
felt were not suitable to the age groups they were being played to. It appears that YouTube Kids listened and we
have not seen the offending videos. Had they not removed the videos, our next step
would be to report them to the Federal Trade Commission's FTC Complaint Assistant. Do
your young ones (and older children) play videos games, watch videos, chat with
their friends on line? If so, do you
have the tools needed to keep your children safe online? Do
you know about the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)? COPPA is a law created to protect the privacy of children under 13, and
is managed by the FTC. To learn about this law and how it works to protect your kiddies, go here. My
go-to sources on keeping our kiddies safe online is a .pdf printable "Chatting With Kids About Being Online" offered by
the FTC, and “A Guide to Protecting Children’s Privacy Online,” newly
updated by Alex Smith. Both Guides offer
excellent tips on how to talk to your kiddies from the early years through
their teens on using on-line communications, on cyberbullying, phishing scams,
using public Wi-Fi securely, and more. I
consider both MUST READS. It’s
not enough that we have to keep our children safe outside the home, we have to protect them inside, too. TRISH
Being it's October and there is a film fest being aired on numerous channels, it’s time for a WHAT IS THE SCARIEST MOVIE
YOU HAVE EVER SEEN? poll.
I am a fan of
horror/thriller flicks.Not the gory
bloody raunchy type, nor the torture type.I am of the Chiller Theater generation.Every Saturday night, right after the ½ hour local news there I’d be,
curled up on the couch, the television all to myself, watching the classics – Frankenstein
(1931), Dracula (1931), The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), just to
name a few.
A truth: I would stay up and watch the scary movies by myself, but when they were over I would yell up to my sister to come down and walk me to bed. (that's just sad)
What’s fun about taking
the same poll every year (or two year, or three…) is looking back over them to
see if opinions have changed.
My last poll was 2015
and I had only asked family members. You
can see the results here. It will be interesting with all the
horror/thriller films that have been released since if anyone has changed their
Are you a fan of horror
films? Were you a huge fan of Chiller
Theater?Did you stay up late on
Saturday nights to watch Chilly Billy?
Not that old,
huh???Well, you still have plenty to
choose from, for instance, The Conjuring and all its sequels, or Insidious and all its
sequels.How about IT (a fave of my great
Tell me, what was the scariest film you have ever
A truth: When The Omen (1976) was
showing at the local theater my mom and I went. We sat in the very last row,
with a wall behind us.I can’t even tell
you how many times we still turned around to make sure nothing was there.
Grab your planner, review last week’s list. If you missed Week 1,
you can find ithere. Have you filled your calendar with fun things to do? Finalized
your guest list? Made or bought invites? Decided on holiday decorations?
Finalize your guest
list. With your made or store bought invitations at hand, begin
addressing, stamping and stuffing those envelopes. Since we got a late
start, we will be mailing ours this week.
This year we used Halloween Postcards from Recollections
Finalize your menu, gather your recipes and create a master
shopping list or use this handy dandy printable. Begin picking up listed items whenever you visit the
If making your decorations, begin this week.
Decide on your costume. Buy or make?
Don’t Forget the
Make a list for setting the table. Don’t forget paper
plates, cups, napkins, tablecloth, plastic ware. Think about what your
centerpiece will be – store bought, homemade??
This week, begin cleaning (and decorating) the foyer/entry
areas. This is the area your guests see first so you want it to be
tidy. Our entry area is forever filled with shoes, paper goods, keys,
mail and laundry (the basement is off the entry area). But when it’s
cleaned, it’s beautiful.
The days are going so
fast! and there’s still so much to do!! Enjoy!
I am not one to jump on any bandwagon (mostly
because I didn’t even know there was one).
Like blogging. I didn’t know what
a blog was until 2004 and didn’t have one until 2006. The only reason I got a cell phone in late
2009 was because my sister was gravely ill.
I rarely watch any television series until it comes out on Netflix. Which brings me to Pinterest. I didn’t even know about Pinterest until 2013.
I heart magazines and books filled with pretty
pictures of room décor, and food. I
do. I rip out, organize and save
articles on party ideas, projects, pretty pictures, decorating ideas, menus, needlework,
crafts for kids, and how to do anything on a shoestring. I store all my clippings in sheets protectors
and then categorized into 5” binders. My
binder for entertaining and holidays is overflowing. I have one for recipes, one for arts and
crafts and one for organizational tips.
The only drawback?If you do not index all those clippings, it
takes A LOT of time to find one tiny little idea, craft, menu.
And then I discovered Pinterest.Sigh.What a wonderful way to save all those
awesome ideas found from every corner of the world.Seriously.Creating cute little inspiration boards without having to clean up the
messes made from cutting and gluing, and then finding a place to store
over-sized binders, is downright heavenly, and fun!Though I am not a “serious” pinner, you won’t
find me spending hours looking for things to pin, but when I do see something
inspiring, I will pin.
What about you? Do you pin? If so, share your "handle" in the comments. Mine is here.
I have this poster hanging inside our bathroom medicine
cupboard.I found this printout when
searching the web for information on Lyme’s Disease when my Grandson Brendan
was first diagnosed with the disease.
And even though I read the information, and all of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (“CDC”) articles on ticks and lyme disease,
it did not prevent Elliot from being bitten by a tick.Most likely last weekend, when he was
visiting family, in an area now documented for ticks.
However, Kayla did know to pull the tick out (with tweezers),
and clean the area.Then I called the
Doc, who prescribed amoxicillin, with a follow-up visit in two weeks.
My sweet, fun and silly little man
Hopefully, our quick actions were just enough
to keep this child healthy and free from Lyme’s disease.
We adore theme books. Especially Holiday themed books. In getting into the Holiday spirit, we’ve
dubbed Friday nights for a treat and a Halloween Story. To prepare, go through your children’s
library and gather all Halloween themed books into a basket. Make a snack (preferably with your little
one), and settle down for a story and a treat.
Tonight we will be making Rice Krispies treats (served with a dollop of
Nutella) and reading The Spooky Express Pittsburgh by Eric James for some CHILLING good fun!
Are you in?Grab your
planner or a notebook, it’s time to countdown to Halloween 2018!
This year Halloween falls on a Wednesday. Our Borough usually
celebrates on the exact day so I will be rushing home from work to help with
costumes, and filling bowls with candy.
This week will be the busiest in the planning stage, so let’s get
1. Begin thinking about what Halloween events you will be
attending this year. Mark them on your calendar. Wealwaysgopumpkinpickingand toZoo Boo. K and friends usually attend The Zombie Fest, but the Fest is taking this year off so... And of course, there is our annual
Halloween Party and Trick or Treating. Fill up that calendar for fun things to do.
2. If you are hosting a Halloween Party:
Choose your time and date:Pick your date far enough in advance so that invites can be mailed
at least two weeks before the party.
Write out the Guest List:Once you have your guest
list written, decide if you are making or purchasing the invites. If
making, gather your supplies and get busy.
Pick a Theme: This party is actually hosted
by my Granddaughter, Kayla. I just provide a little monetary donation and
help with the cooking and cleaning. This year’s theme isHocus Pocus.
Make the Menu:Now is a good time to decide on
what you will serve so that you can begin picking up ingredients and maybe even
cooking and freezing a few of the dishes. I personally love reading
cookbooks and writing out menus. However, Kayla is hosting this little
shindig, so we will be collaborating. I’ll choose the “real” food menu
and she will choose all the gory edibles.
The Decoration List:Making or buying decorations? Go
down to the basement or up to the attic, pull out those boxes, throw away the
torn or broken (or mend them), choose those items that match your decorating
theme. Make a list of what you have, what you may need to buy or what you
Let’s Play:Will you play games, tell spooky
stories, have a coloring contest?? We do two things every year. Bob for
apples and have a doughnut eating contest. The doughnuts (sugar and/or
frosted – messy is more fun), are tied to crochet thread and hung at different
lengths from the ceiling. The players MUST keep their hands behind their
backs as they try to eat these swinging doughnuts. The first person to
eat all theirs is the winner. OMGosh! Talk about fun to watch!!!
The Treat Bags: Everyone loves a goodie.
Visit the Dollar Store, Walmart and/or Target One Dollar Stop for Halloween
themed favors.Tie them up in a treat
bag or box.
3. The Housecleaning (no escaping that even if you dress as
Houdini): Spend the first two weeks cleaning the bedrooms, the front and
back porches (don’t forget to wipe down windows) and the yard(s) (we’ll be
raking). This is a good time to winterize the porches and get the yards
ready for the winter storms to come.
Now, to begin. . .
You can download a checklist of the above here. Actually, I really do use this list every year, it's tradition.
So today's post is actually a take on yesterday's suggestion by our Digital Maestro, Paul Taubman, for the Ultimate Blog Challenge, on how we got started in our niche/market. Now, I have posted before as to why I blog and I know we are not to link back to a prior post, so I won't. The only verbatim here will be the quote.
I first started blogging for scrapbooking reasons but then I read the following passage from Anna Quindlen's book, Loud and Clear. It was eye opening and I have been documenting my days, weeks, and years through this blog, through scrapbooking, and currently through Instagram, so that I will remember, but mostly so my grand and great grandchildren will remember.
"but the biggest mistake I made is the one that most of us make while doing this. I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of the three of them sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages 6, 4, and 1. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in a hurry to get on to the next things: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less."
Mini golf with 3 of my grands and great kiddies
And that paragraph, that sole paragraph, is why I try to make each little moment spent with my little kiddies so special... and then I write about it.